‘Black Panther’ Sees Second Highest Opening Ever for MCU Film, Fifth Highest of All Time


If you tried unsuccessfully to buy tickets for “Black Panther,” you weren’t alone as theaters sold out across the country.

According to Box Office Mojo, the 18th film in the MCU earned nearly $200 million in its opening weekend. That doesn’t account for the additional ticket sales that will come on Monday with the national President’s Day holiday.

With approximately $192M in just the US, “Black Panther” not only won the weekend, and is not only 2018’s first blockbuster. It is also the second highest opening for any MCU film. Only “The Avengers” earned more in its first weekend. And in only three days, it has already earned more than the entire theatrical runs of “Thor,” “Ant-Man,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and “The Incredible Hulk.” Wakanda’s new king also added $169M overseas, where it opened in some markets on Monday or Tuesday. Its worldwide total is $361M. And further, it edged past “Age of Ultron” to become the fifth highest opening of all time.

“Black Panther” may very well become only the fifth MCU film to gross over $1 Billion at the box office.

It may be hard to believe, but other films did manage to make some money this weekend, too.

Peter Rabbit” stayed in second place after its opening last week. The hybrid animation/live action family film added $17.25M, giving it a total of $48M. This puts it just under its $50M production budget. The film has not done much internationally, but will be opening in other markets over the next few weeks.

Last week’s winner, “Fifty Shades Freed,” dropped into third with $16.9M. While the third and final film in the series has failed to live up to its predecessors, “Freed” has done well enough to take the franchise into $1 Billion territory. The third movie has earned $266M worldwide.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” keeps hanging around, this week with $7.9M for fourth place. The game sequel has earned some $366M in the US, and over $900M worldwide.

Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17 to Paris” finished just behind in fifth place this week, with $7.6M. The film, which used the real people to tell its true story, has earned $36M worldwide.

In its ninth week of release, “The Greatest Showman” earned $5.1 for sixth place. It is now the fourth highest grossing musical since 1974. And just this week, it edged past last year’s “La La Land” with a domestic total of $154M. Worldwide, the first studio original musical in years is at about $325M.

Another newcomer this week, “Early Man” opening in seventh with $3.1M. The stop motion animated film from the creators of Wallace & Gromit was generally liked by critics with an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes, but would likely have done better with a different release date. It is the lowest opening ever for an Aardman film, but also the only one with a February release.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure” added $2.5M for eighth place. The third and final film in that franchise has earned $54M in the US and $240M worldwide. It is tracking behind the first two, but in 24 days in theaters, it has earned more than half of what the first made in 140 days. “Death Cure” isn’t likely to catch up, but it isn’t all that far behind.

Lionsgate’s horror flick, “Winchester,” came in ninth with $2.3M. The Helen Mirren-led movie based on the real Winchester Mystery House has earned $21M in three weeks and is not reporting anything internationally.

Pure Flix was back in the top 10 this week with another newcomer. “Samson,” based on the biblical warrior, opened in tenth place with $1.9M.

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